The Simpsons (1989– )
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Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife 

As part of a new Fox show, the Simpsons participate in a wife-swap.


Matthew Nastuk


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Sideshow Mel / Dan Castellaneta / Security Guard / Doug the Cameraman / Itchy / Krusty the Clown (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Cletus / Carl / Moe Szyslak / NASCAR Announcer / Wiseguy / Fox Executive / Doug the Cameraman (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Phone Operator / Scratchy / Cameraman #2 (voice)
Ricky Gervais ... Charles Heathbar (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Brandine / Fox Executive / Verity Heathbar / Ben Heathbar / Housekeeper (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... (voice)


When he sees the new plasma screen HD TV Lenny got, Homer stays at Lenny's place watching TV for some days which makes Marge decide to try and win a plasma screen HD TV for themselves. She doesn't win the TV, but the family does win a tour to the FOX studios. There Homer is told about a wife-swapping show which would make him enough money to buy the TV he so desperately wants. The Simpsons swap wives with the well educated, well-to-do Heathbar family. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

26 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Ricky Gervais came up with the plot of the episode and wrote parts of it on his own, the whole writing team of The Simpsons worked on the script and pitched ideas, as is done with all episodes. Gervais has said in interviews that he thinks he received too much credit for writing the episode, claiming he merely sent his plot ideas, along with some written scenes, to Jean through email, and it was then the staff of the show that "made it look like a Simpsons script." He commented in a Dazed & Confused article that "I'm going to get the credit, but I think everyone in the industry knows it was a joint effort." One of the scenes that Gervais wrote himself was Charles' love song for Marge, which later appeared on the 2007 soundtrack album The Simpsons: Testify. See more »


The cameraman's voice changes between scenes. See more »


Homer Simpson: [Homer is giving a report on CSI: Miami] So some guy got killed. I think it was in Miami. So CSI: Miami investigate-ted it. Then a family said how much they loved the Olive Garden. Then I fell asleep.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


Hooray For Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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Why, Oh Why?????
16 May 2006 | by mandalorianwolfSee all my reviews

In the words of Comic Book Guy - "WORST EPISODE EVER!"

I don't see why Ricky Gervais was even asked to write an episode; his feeble attempts at comedy ( The Office and Extras) are about as funny as watching paint dry. Matt Groening made a serious mistake letting this dirge be made! This was plugged to the hilt by SKY, claiming it would be the funniest show that The Simpsons creators had released in a very long time, even giving it pride of place in their monthly free magazine. I know most people don't get British humour, but Ricky Gervais doesn't even class as British funny, he's more like something that comes out of the old Eastern Bloc regions of Europe when it comes to comedy...i.e. NOT!

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